Kent School District

News from Dr. Watts for June 2021

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WATTSHAPPENING SUPERINTENDENT'S UPDATE WITH DR. CALVIN J. WATTS JUNE 2021 Dear KSD Community, As the 2020-21 school year, my sixth year serving as your KSD Superintendent draws to a close, I have recently taken opportunities to meet with team members around the district to pause and reflect, and I am filled with gratitude. I also want to share my sincere appreciation for our entire KSD community and the lessons learned this year, my 29th as an educator. The COVID-19 pandemic and the coinciding rise in social unrest have brought challenges and opportunities that many of us never saw coming. I am grateful for those in our community, particularly Team KSD members, who chose to respond with kindness, love, and grace during what has been a particularly challenging year for everyone, from the living room to the board room. So many in our KSD Community have come together this year to serve our students and families. I look forward to keeping this spirit alive and well, keeping our children at the center of our focus and our collective hearts and minds set on excellence, taking all we have learned to this point. As we reflect on this year, so many KSD Community members chose to no longer remain silent as they saw the civil unrest, racial injustices, the outcry for change at protests and rallies across our community and nation. I look forward to continuing the momentum of our district's diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work and standing shoulder to shoulder with those committed to supporting all students in KSD in new, bold, and unapologetic ways. As we prepare for the new school year, our summer work in KSD will prioritize academic recovery and learning acceleration through a lens of racíal equity. The school board has approved our Academic and Student Well-being Recovery Plan, and the plan has been submitted to OSPI. In Phase i, KSD staff will develop action plans from June through September 2021. However, as these action plans are developed, our Summer School program offerings to support students across KSD will begin July 6. Many schools have posted information on their school websites and newsletters. More offerings and information are still to come as we finalize plans for the entire summer. Last month we shared how much we look forward to reopening all KSD schools for in-person instruction occurring five full days a week for all KSD students in Pre-K through grade 12. The first day of school for the 2021-22 school year is August 26, 2021, for grades 1-12. Kindergarten will start on August 31, 2021. I look forward to welcoming back our students in person for the new school year. Please continue to check your email, mail, text messages, school and district website, and our mobile app all summer long for news and updates about safety protocols in the new school year. While guidance from the Department of Health is available now for the Fall, we anticipate that guidance updates from public health will 1-30 Student Safety Month JUN 1-30 Pride Month JUN 1-30 National Internet JUN Safety Month continue to change over the summer. 9. KSD Board Meeting JUN Stay positive, stay curious, stay healthy and stay safe. 10 Planning for College JUN Family Night 17-19 Class of 2021 JUN Graduations 19 Juneteenth JUN Dr. Calvin J. Watts Kent School District 23 KSD Board Meeting JUN 25 KENT SCH OOL DISTRICT EQUITY | EXCELLENCE | COM MUNITY Last Day of School JUN UPCOMING EVENTS

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Free Virtual Film Screening for Students, Families, Staff, Community Kent School District is partnering with Kingmakers of Oakland to hold a special virtual screening of Revolution Remix on June 15 at 6:00–7:30 p.m. Co-written and co-directed by Judd Flemming and Cava Menzies in collaboration with Oakland-based African American youth activists, this film seeks to inform, inspire, and invite the audience to change the systems that have failed too many African American youths for too long. In response to the 2020 summer protests, a collective of Oakland-based youth created this short film and soundtrack as an expression of their complex emotions. The 4-song Revolution Remix EP and visual storytelling of the film capture the spirit of the struggle and perseverance African Americans have experienced since their ancestors first stepped foot on the eastern shore in bondage. Too often, stories about and for young people are told through the eyes of adults. As griots of their generation, this dynamic story is by youth for youth. Learn more and register by June 14 to receive the viewing link at KINGMAKERS 1F OAKLAND PRESENTS A SHORT FILM BORN oUr OF THE 2020 SUMMER UPRISING KNGMAKERS A KENT REVOLUTION KENT SCHOOL DISTRICT SCREENING TUESDAY, June 15TH 2021 @ 6:00 -7:30 D. m. PSI Virtual Event Register @ INTOW For more information contact Kindergarten Dual Language Lottery HELLO! Apply for the 2021-2022 school year online by June 11! We are now accepting online Kindergarten Dual Language Lottery applications for the 2021-2022 school year through June 11, 2021. The Dual Language program is available K-6 at Kent Elementary School, Neely-O'Brien Elementary School, and Scenic Hill Elementary School. Please complete the application online in English or Spanish by June 11. HOLA! 2021 Family Climate Survey KSD Families are invited to complete the climate survey by Friday, June 18 We have opened the 2021 Family Climate Survey. Emails with survey links have been sent directly to all parents and guardians with an email address in skyward. The survey will close on Friday, June 18. School and district staff use the information provided from the Family Climate Survey to help us improve student relationships, learning conditions, and the school's overall environment. This summer, results will be shared with principals and school staff to prepare for the 2021-22 school year. Thank you in advance for your participation! Kent School District

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